World ‘population bomb’ may never go off as feared, finds study

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Date of Publication: March 27

Year of Publication: 2023

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: The Guardian

Author(s): Jonathan Watts

Population likely to peak sooner and lower than expected with beneficial results – but environment is priority.

The long-feared “population bomb” may not go off, according to the authors of a new report that estimates that human numbers will peak lower and sooner than previously forecast.

The study, commissioned by the Club of Rome, projects that on current trends the world population will reach a high of 8.8 billion before the middle of the century, then decline rapidly. The peak could come earlier still if governments take progressive steps to raise average incomes and education levels.

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